Homeschool Legacy is a company started by a veteran homeschooling mother that provides unit studies on several history and science topics. The majority of their products are suitable for children in grades 2-12 and they are all designed with badges for Boy Scouts and American Heritage Girls in mind, allowing your child to work on a badge and complete family studies at the same time.
I was able to review their Early Settlers in America guide that is laid out as a 6 week unit study that covers the following topics: The Lost Colony (Roanoke), Jamestown, Holland, the Pligrims, Pennsylvania, and New York. We had just begun this time period in our current history curriculum so I decided to begin with the Pilgrims as we had already covered Holland. I really didn’t feel like I could follow the scheduling tips (mainly the bit about dedicating one day of the week as a unit study day) as I am the type of person that likes to get the 3 Rs out of the way first thing every day. If we easily get through that portion of the day then we move on to the extras, like history, geography, and science. So, I decided to tweak. 🙂
The first day we began reading the family read-aloud Eating the Plates (which was available in my library) and we talked about what it must have been like to be on a ship for so very long. On Tuesday, we did the history activity where my children practiced being Pilgrims for lunch (a whole day was suggested, but I chickened out since they were only supposed to eat with their fingers). On Wednesday we read about Squanto and the first Thanksgiving, and we went to the map to locate Plymouth. On Thursday, I wanted to attempt making our own quill and ink for the arts and crafts portion, but I couldn’t find whole walnuts in our grocery store which is vital to the process. And, I think that this is my only criticism of the program: I would have liked to have a few more activities to choose from in case supplies or resources cannot be located for one of the others.
However, I do also want to mention how much we enjoyed the “Stump Your Dad Trivia” section; each week there is at least one trivia question and answer that is included in the guide. The trivia questions for the week ended up being a great way to share what we had been reading about and sparked a few interesting conversations (one being on how to pronounce Wampanoag).
Overall, I think that if you are wanting a literature-rich unit study curriculum then this could be a great choice for your family.